Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) announced plans to operate one new daily nonstop flight between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport beginning June 10, 2012. This will be in addition to the three daily flights operated by AirTran, Southwest’s wholly-owned subsidiary. The carrier is pleased to add the long-haul route to its map—connecting two destinations popular for both leisure and business. Flights can be booked via www.southwest.com or www.airtran.com. Southwest will begin service to the Atlanta market on Feb. 12, 2012, with 15 daily nonstop flights to five destinations: Baltimore/Washington, Chicago Midway, Denver, Houston Hobby, and Austin, Texas. Additionally, beginning March 10, 2012, the carrier will add daily, roundtrip flights between Atlanta and Las Vegas and Atlanta and Phoenix. With the addition of Atlanta to Southwest’s network next month, Southwest Airlines adds Georgia, the 38th State, to a route map of service to a total of 73 US airports, including Atlanta. As of today, AirTran serves 52 cities nonstop from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, including near-international routes to Mexico and the Caribbean.